With a call to use all available tools to impose sanctions against all participants in the construction of the pipeline
A resolution to this effect was supported by 292 people’s deputies, reports “European Pravda”.
“The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine calls on the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States Congress of the 117th convocation to use all available tools provided by the American legislation for a complete and irreversible stop the construction of the pipeline within the Nord Stream-2 project by applying blocking sanctions against all participants of this Russian geopolitical project, including Nord Stream AG,” the appeal says.
The Ukrainian MPs stress that they appreciate the categorical position of the USA against the completion of the gas pipeline construction.
At the same time, they express concern that the US Department of State’s May 19, 2021 report to Congress and the proposed additional sanctions do not include measures against the key participant in Nord Stream 2, Nord Stream AG.
The need for the ruling is argued that the Russian Federation’s attempts to implement the Nord Stream-2 project are allegedly “one of the tools in a hybrid war aimed at undermining Ukraine’s independence and geopolitical position”.
As previously reported, US President Joe Biden’s administration has decided to drop sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of Nord Stream 2, and its managing director Matthias Warnig.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov described the US refusal to impose sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 operator as a positive signal.
Ukrainian expert Oleksandr Skupchenko commented on the actions of the Verkhovna Rada and Zelensky:
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“The Verkhovna Rada passed a resolution to ask the US House of Representatives and the Senate of Congress to completely and irreversibly block the launch of Nord Stream 2 through sanctions. Zelensky could still threaten Russia with stopping the sale of his TV series in Russia and paying utility bills for his flat in Crimea if Russia stops transiting gas through Ukraine. A normal government would have negotiated with Russia instead to preserve Ukraine’s minimal transit potential while launching the JV. But the Ukrainian government is not normal: Russia is the aggressor and we will not make an agreement with it, but without the aggressor’s money we will be in trouble”.